#SWPL1 Friendly: Spartans 1 Forfar Farmington 2


Spartans                              1

Jamie Lee Smith 89

Forfar Farmington              2

Tori Sousa 11, 51


Forfar Farmington enjoyed a 2-1 bounce game victory over league rivals Spartans at their Ainslie Park academy on Sunday as they prepare for their next league game.

A goal in the early stages of each half from Tori Sousa saw Farmington get revenge for their league defeat last month with Jamie Lee Smith tapping in a last minute consolation for the hosts.

Head coach Mark Nisbet fielded a mixture of regular starters and players who haven’t had much of a chance this season as well as an appearance from the bench by a trialist.

Farmington threatened first inside the first three minutes when Kayleigh Noble was put through on goal but when she attempted to round Joanna Viollaz, the keeper did well to get down and deny her.

Noble then turned provider when she threaded a ball past the defence for Tori Sousa but the American’s touch wasn’t was too soft and it rolled into the arms of Viollaz rather than past her.

Sophie Milligan fired wide before Forfar took the lead after eleven minutes; Noble set up Alana Bruce and her cross found Sousa who expertly turned a defender before powering her effort into the top corner.

Sousa could have added a second shortly after the opener after she combined with Julia Scott but her shot inside the box was blocked and eventually cleared.

The impressive Sousa went close again in the 23rd minute after weaving her way through the defence but couldn’t beat Viollaz.

Spartans almost grabbed an equaliser a minute later when Trisha McLaughlin was one on one with Fiona McNicoll however her effort was straight at the keeper.

Nicola Davidson fired over from thirty yards before she forced Viollaz into a save at her near post with a free kick on the edge of the box.

Spartans had chances through Simone McMahon, Katie Reilly and Ashley Fish but Farmington went closest before half time.

Farmington doubled their lead just six minutes into the second half; a neat one two between Sousa and Noble led to Sousa stepping inside and rolling the ball into the net past Viollaz.

Sousa almost turned provider two minutes later when she sent the ball across the box finding Holly Napier who could only fire over the bar.

A long ball from Nicola Mawson found Alana Marshall just inside the Forfar box and Alana Marshall met it with a dangerous volley however McNicoll had the effort covered.

Shortly after the hour mark Davidson saw a lob edge over the bar with Viollaz beaten before Lindsey Dunbar’s fierce effort was deflected wide by a defender.

Napier went close in the 83rd minute with an impressive free kick that looked to have some amount of curl on it; the Spartans keeper scrambling to keep the effort out.

The hosts grabbed a consolation in the final minute when Danni Pagliarulo’s free kick from just inside the Forfar half found an unmarked Jamie Lee Smith and she bundled the ball home from six yards out.

The friendly looked to be a success; giving Mark Nisbet a chance to look at his trialist as well as players who haven’t played very often this season while ensuring that they do not go into next week’s league clash with championship challengers Hibernian rusty.

Spartans: Joanna Viollaz, Jamie Lee Smith, Ashley Fish (Nicola Mawson 46), Trisha McLaughlin (Laura Gavin 46), Bobbie Beveridge (Michelle Russell 46), Ronaigh Douglas (Simone McMahon 26), Alana Marshall, Mariel Kaney (Dion McMahon 46), Katie Reilly, Jennifer Malone (Louise Mason 46), Suzy Shepherd (Danni Pagliarulo 46)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Sophie Milligan (Stephanie Milne 65), Louise Magilton (Trialist 60), Lindsey Dunbar, Tori Sousa, Holly Napier, Nicola Davidson (Jade McLaren 72), Alana Bruce, Kayleigh Noble, Megan McCarthy, Julia Scott.

Reported by Lee Smith
Forfar Farmington FC




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